Cy Young Award Newsbeat
Monday, December 09, 2013
Greatest Blue Jays pitcher: Roy Halladay or Dave Stieb?
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Could be worse.
Awards will be announced next week with daily announcement shows at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, beginning with Rookie of the Year awards on Monday, Managers of the Year on Nov. 12, Cy Youngs on Nov. 13 and MVPs on Nov. 14. Voting was conducted by BBWAA members prior to the end of the regular season, so postseason performances do not count.
Here are the finalists as announced Tuesday on MLB Network, each category listed in alphabetical order:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, Mike Trout…
NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina…
AL Cy Young: Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma, Max Scherzer…
NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright…
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell, Terry Francona, Bob Melvin…
NL Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez, Clint Hurdle, Don Mattingly…
AL Rookie of the Year: Chris Archer, Jose Iglesias, Wil Myers…
NL Rookie of the Year: Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Yasiel Puig
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The #### is about to hit the ballfan…
In the 21 years that the Colorado Rockies have existed, opponents and pundits have discounted the team’s offensive accomplishments because of the hitter-friendly environment at both Mile High Stadium (their home the first two years) and Coors Field.
Are the critics going to be fair and balanced in their evaluations?
Could Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa be a serious candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, and maybe even win the honor?
De La Rosa not only shares the NL lead in victories (16) with Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals, but he is 10-1 with a 2.76 earned-run average at Coors Field…
Some of the inconsistency that dogged the early part of De La Rosa’s career came from his inability to control his emotions when things went wrong. The Rockies immediately addressed this weakness.
What has been the difference? De La Rosa credits former Rockies mental skills coach Ron Svetich. De La Rosa said Svetich “taught me to count to 10.”
The question now is whether the critics of Coors will give De La Rosa credit for the job he has done.
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... I was a [Mike] Trout guy last year, but generally I prefer my MVP to contribute to a winning effort. Yes, the criteria states that the winner “need not come from a division winner or other playoff qualifier.” But playing for a contender involves a different kind of pressure. And the Angels were cooked by June.
That said, I clearly see the other side — why should voters penalize Trout for owner Arte Moreno’s misguided decision-making? I’m also starting to wonder: If Trout again finishes second, what exactly will he need to do to win the award?
[Miguel] Cabrera is the favorite because of his remarkable offensive performance and the Tigers’ first-place standing. But I’m finding it more and more difficult to mount a case against Trout.
Andrew McCutchen not only has the best narrative as the face of the feel-good Pirates, but he also leads the NL in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), satisfying the more sabermetrically inclined… My bigger concern, frankly, is a potential snub of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina… I’m leaning toward McCutchen. But I’m not all the way there yet.
AL CY YOUNG
As I wrote last week, it’s close between [Max] Scherzer and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish, with the White Sox’s Chris Sale not far behind… This one is not decided yet.
NL CY YOUNG
It’s Clayton Kershaw, and not by a little.
No player in the award’s 66-year history has won the honor after getting traded in the middle of a season.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias should be the first… his .773 OPS is second among to AL rookies to Wil Myers’ .825… He also plays better defense than Myers and has appeared in more games, leading to a higher WAR.
Yasiel Puig’s .960 OPS grabs your attention, as does the rest of his jaw-dropping game. But Puig didn’t join the Dodgers until June 3. Fernandez, second in the majors in ERA, is the pitching equivalent of Puig — and he has been with the Marlins all season... Fernandez is the easy choice.
I suspect the Red Sox’s John Farrell is going to win, and I’ve got no problem with that… Still, I’m not sure any manager is more deserving than the Yankees’ Joe Girardi… If Terry Francona gets the Indians to the postseason, all bets are off.
Clint Hurdle, Clint Hurdle and Clint Hurdle again.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Perhaps more impressive from a traditional standpoint, Kershaw’s ERA would rank fifth among qualified pitchers since the 1969 expansion and rules changes. As it is, three of the four above him pitched in strike-shortened seasons and compiled innings totals he’ll soon surpass if he hasn’t already.
Let’s first look at his competition. Kershaw’s pitching-only WAR is better than that of the top three position players: the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (6.6), the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez (6.4) and the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt (5.7). If you include Kershaw’s hitting (.156/.217/.250), his total becomes 7.4, which only increases his lead in that stat. McCutchen, who has hit .321/.399/.512 with 17 homers and 26 steals, is by far the top challenger when one considers the potential narratives that could sway a certain segment of voters: he’s the only one of that trio playing for a first-place team, he’s doing so for the one that has had 20 consecutive losing seasons, and his second-half performance thus far (.374/.459/.626 with seven homers) has been off the charts. That said, while the Pirates are in good shape to make the playoffs, any fall from first place behind the Cardinals or Reds in the NL Central could compromise his chances, as could a cooling off from his torrid pace.
Somewhat bizarrely, of the 10 pitchers to win MVP since 1956, only three of them even ranked as the best *pitcher* in their league by WAR. Guess which three; answer after the jump.
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